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10/23/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

CoreOS Container Linux is an open-source container operating system designed to support Kubernetes. The CoreOS flavor of container infrastructure management uses the Rocket or Docker container engine, Etcd for service discovery and configuration, Flannel for networking, and Kubernetes for container management. Unique among container operating systems, CoreOS offers a continuous stream of automated updates that, in theory, do not affect running applications. That’s because they run in containers.

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10/20/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Cortana officially enters the increasingly crowded smart speaker race with Harman Kardon Invoke.
10/20/2017   eWeek Cloud News
A refreshed version of the CSA’s 2016 report includes new real-world anecdotes and examples of recent incidents that relate to each of the 12 cloud-computing threat categories.
10/20/2017   eWeek Cloud News
VIDEO: Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth discusses the next steps for his Linux business and why he made the decision to end development on the Unity converged desktop environment.
10/20/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Cities across North America are offering billions of dollars in tax breaks, grants and other perks to become the site of Amazon's second headquarters, which has been dubbed HQ2.
10/20/2017   eWeek Cloud News
VIDEO: Steve Singh, CEO of Docker Inc., discusses where the continued opportunities exist for container adoption.
10/20/2017   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: Although about 100 localities have submitted proposals to become the site for Amazon's so-called second headquarters, it appears only a few of them meet all of the company's many requirements.
10/20/2017   eWeek Cloud News
New data loss prevention features in Google Cloud are designed to help organizations better manage sensitive and personal identity data.
10/20/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Most enterprises don’t have a well-developed governance approach for the cloud, not even an idea of a technology solution.

Enterprises are overwhelmed these days with other technology changes, including not just the move to cloud but devops, machine learning, and whatever other shiny objects pop up out of the market.

I view governance as the consistent enforcement of policies to place limits on how, when, why, and for what purpose a resource such as data, processes, APIs, storage, or compute is used. The best way to think about governance is as a series automated guardrails, in the form of policies, that keep you from running off a curvy road.

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10/20/2017   eWeek Cloud News
The human face is a trove of demographic data. Using AI-enabled facial recognition, SAP Hybris Marketing Cloud helps marketers unlock that information.
10/19/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Dell EMC is enlisting its new 14th generation PowerEdge server hardware for improved Microsoft Azure Stack hybrid cloud computing performance.
10/18/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

While the term “cloud” used to be the main topic of discussion in the technology industry, “cloud-native” is taking its place—and with it, “cloud-native security.” There are many elements to keep in mind as more organizations begin to build their IT and security in the cloud, but here are five key observations to consider as your organization seeks to understand the different elements.

1. Cloud-native security has nothing to do with cloud access security brokers

When people started focusing on working in the cloud, many organizations realized they needed to switch gears and start to consume software-as-a-service. Because of the shift, concerns about public cloud security erupted, ushering in the era of the cloud access security brokers (CASB), which typically handled tasks like securing Salesforce data.

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10/18/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Google says automated systems as well as human reviewers are making progress in removing extremist and hate comment from YouTube, but it admitted it's made mistakes.
10/18/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Today organizations large and small are exploring the adoption of cloud-native software technologies. “Cloud-native” refers to an approach that packages software within standardized units called containers, arranges those units into microservices that interface with each other to form applications, and ensures that running applications are fully automated for greater speed, agility, and scalability.

Because this approach fundamentally changes how software is built, deployed, and run, it also fundamentally changes how software needs to be protected. Cloud-native applications and infrastructure create several new challenges for security professionals, who will need to establish new security programs that support their organization’s use of cloud-native technologies.

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10/18/2017   eWeek Cloud News
At the DockerCon EU conference, the container vendor outlines successes and launches a new partnership with IBM to help organizations move from legacy architectures to the microservices future.
10/18/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Microsoft's government-focused slate of Azure services will soon allow security-conscious agencies to store and manage secret classified data on the cloud.
10/17/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

According to the 2017 Stack Overflow Annual Developer Survey, Python has emerged as the language developers want to use more than any other this year for building data-intensive projects, which can range from automating robots to fueling internet of things (IoT) networks with sensor intelligence. Once an obscure scripting language, Python now powers some of the most complex applications on the cloud.

Python is on the rise in large part because it allows developers to quickly analyze and organize data, making it especially effective for streaming analytics apps built on the cloud.

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10/17/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Docker announced today it will integrate an “unmodified” version of Google’s Kubernetes container-orchestration tool as a native part of Docker. Docker said the Kubernetes integration will be available as a beta release, but gave no release date.

This integration will be extended to all versions of Docker—the for-pay Enterprise Edition, and the desktop incarnations, Docker for Mac and Docker for Windows, which use the free Community Edition. Both enterprise and desktop versions will have Kubernetes support for all the operating systems they currently support.

Why Docker is adding Kubernetes

One reason Docker is including Kubernetes is to spare developers the effort of standing up a Kubernetes instance, whether for simple dev/test or for actual production use. Historically it’s been a chore to get Kubernetes running, and so a slew of Kubernetes tools and third-party Kubernetes projects have emerged to simplify the process. Most of the time, it’s easier to use a Kubernetes distribution, becayse the distribution’s packaging deals with these problems at a high level.

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10/17/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Google is offering an opt-in program for its Advance Protection Program to users who are willing to exchange convenience for stronger email and online security.
10/17/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

IT leaders often rely on lengthy job descriptions to fill openings, overlooking latent talent.

10/17/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Quantum computers are the future, says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. And he has put Microsoft’s money where his mouth is, making quantum computing one of the three pillars of Microsoft’s strategy going forward. Along with AI and mixed/augmented reality, it’s an area where Nadella believes that Microsoft can make a significant impact, and where it can differentiate itself from its competition.

But building a quantum computer is hard. Microsoft’s current progress is the result of more than 20 years of research investment, working with universities around the world, mixing pure physics with computer science, and turning experimental ideas into products. There’s a lot of ambition here, with the eventual aim of building scalable quantum computers that anyone can use.

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10/17/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

As seen in a recent DigiCert report, an overwhelming majority of companies believe that an integrated security and devops team makes sense. In fact, 98 percent of survey 300 US respondents (a third from IT or security) are either planning to or have already launched such an effort.

This is good, if unsurprising, news. For years, I’ve been saying devops is really devsecops, and so have many others. Most enterprises are now following that lead.

But it took years to get here. Why? If you don’t have people, tools, and processes focused on security, you’re not providing systemic security at platform, application, and the data levels. Enterprises are now getting hip to this fact.

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10/17/2017   eWeek Cloud News
At the DockerCon EU conference, the container vendor announces that it is embracing the one-time rival Kubernetes container orchestrator.
10/16/2017   eWeek Cloud News
The Supreme Court will hear the U.S. Department of Justice's petition on the Microsoft Ireland email privacy case.
10/16/2017   eWeek Cloud News
When experts get together to talk storage, the convergence of storage media and memory inside new-generation data centers and network fabrics is top of mind.
10/16/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Both Google Home models run Google Assistant and come with support for a variety of apps and smart home services, allowing users to turn on lights or music with voice commands.
10/16/2017   eWeek Cloud News
New features have been added that gives Chrome for Windows users better protection against unwanted and unsafe software.
10/16/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Microsoft makes it easier for enterprises to compare AWS and Azure for their multi-cloud deployment and migration projects.
10/13/2017   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: In a move aimed at countering Amazon’s continued growth in online retailing, Google has now added Target to its growing list of stores to its voice-ordering and free delivery network.
10/13/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

It’s 6:00 a.m. on a Monday morning. You get an automated text from your security systems that a DDOS attack was attempted, but new security policies downloaded several hours earlier proactively protected the systems from the attacking IP address. All is well. 

The alternative is not good—meaning that you had no idea of the DDOS attack, and now you’re playing cloud security whack-a-mole to fend off the attack until you can put more permanent solutions in place. Of course, other types of breaches could be much worse, in terms of their impact on the enterprise. 

Proactive and automated security solutions are known as centralized trust. Simply put, these are central repositories of security policies that are linked to local repositories in the enterprise cloud. They may even contain centralized identities—things, processes, or people—that that can be centrally credentialed.

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10/12/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Information technology systems of the future are increasingly focused on where data is generated and processed, how it’s delivered and collected, and how quickly this data can move. Finding the most efficient path is key.

Two of the most significant trends are the internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), which fit together like hand in glove. In a very simple form, IoT is about a multitude of devices exchanging data from a multitude of data points, which are being collected in a plethora of ways and on a plethora of platforms. That data must be quickly analyzed and in most cases, sent to the next level for further processing.

Meanwhile, AI is about programmatically manipulating this big data to make real-time and time-sensitive decisions. The only way to build for this technological union is with a hybrid multicloud platform. The elements of hybrid IT infrastructure providing the most efficient path for AI and IoT form the foundation of technologies that will spark business advantages, innovation, and the “cloud of clouds” of the future.

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10/11/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Two weeks ago, I spent time in Orlando, Florida, attending Microsoft’s huge IT pro and developer conference known as Microsoft Ignite. Having the opportunity to attend events such as this to see the latest in technological advancements is one of the highlights of my job. Every year, I am amazed at what new technologies are being made available to us. The pace of innovation has increased exponentially over the last five years. I can only imagine what the youth of today will bring to this world as our next generation’s creators.

Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, kicked off the vision keynote on Day 1. As always, he gets the crowd pumped up with his inspirational speeches. If you saw Satya’s keynote last year, you could almost bet on what he was going to be talking about this year. His passion, and Microsoft’s mission, is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. This is a bold statement, but one that I believe is possible. He also shared how Microsoft is combining cloud, artificial intelligence, and mixed reality across their product portfolio to help customers innovate and build the future of business. This was followed by a demonstration of how Ford Motor was able to use these technologies to improve product design and engineering and innovate at a much faster pace today. It’s clear to me that AI is going to be a core part of our lives as we continue to evolve with this technology.

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10/10/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

It’s taken some time, but Microsoft’s $26 billion purchase of LinkedIn is finally starting to show some interesting results, with LinkedIn data starting to show up in tools like Outlook. It’s the first sign of Microsoft using the social network’s relationship graph, the complex data set that was the reason for one of Microsoft’s biggest Silicon Valley acquisitions.

Under the hood, a social network like LinkedIn is nothing more than a huge NoSQL graph database, using a schema-less approach to managing semistructured data. Each node in the graph is an individual, with all his or her profile data. Each node is linked to others, tens or hundreds for people with a few connections, thousands for highly connected individuals. Queries traverse those connections, letting you find all the people you know working on AI, or who are based in Ontario, or who used to work at LinkedIn.

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10/10/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

The AWS Re:invent conference is coming up, and predictions are starting to fly around what Amazon Web Services will announce there. A sure bet is that it will announce some sort of deep learning cloud service. Of course, Google, Microsoft, and IBM won’t be far behind; indeed, both IBM and Microsoft have their own special deep learning projects in the works, called Brainwave and Distributed Deep Learning, respectively.

So, what’s the difference between machine learning and deep learning? Simply put, machine learning typically deals with tactical applications of AI, such as making instant predictions. Deep learning provides a foundation for the understanding of massive amounts of patterns or data.

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10/06/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd claims he doesn’t “really worry so much about” Amazon Web Services. That statement is either profoundly disingenuous or utterly ridiculous. Or perhaps Hurd and Oracle chairman Larry Ellison, who launched this week’s Oracle OpenWorld by fixating on AWS, trying mightily to convince attendees that AWS’s cloud pales in comparison to Oracle’s cloud.

You know, the same Oracle cloud that can’t even muster a Top 10 place in Gartner’s list of leading IaaS providers. For IaaS, Gartner pegs AWS cloud revenues at more than 80X times Oracle’s. Even in the PaaS market, where Oracle has seen more growth—bumping up from 1.1 percent market share to 2 percent in 2016—it’s still just a tenth the size of AWS, which saw its PaaS share boom from 13.7 percent to 19.8 percent in the same period.

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10/06/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

At this week’s Oracle OpenWorld conference, Oracle chairman Larry Ellison announced his company’s new autonomous database product. However, Larry being Larry, he took several minutes to disparage Amazon Web Services, especially its Redshift database technology.

AWS dominates the cloud market. Now that Oracle is fully committed to gunning for the exploding cloud marketplace, AWS stands in Ellison’s crosshairs. As you might imagine, AWS took exception to his comments and decided to issue a public rebuke.

What was the mudslinging all about? Ellison stated that AWS’s cloud is not at all elastic, and he provided a use case for his argument, stating that Redshift can’t automatically scale up and down. AWS responded that what Ellison said is “factually incorrect” and that you can resize AWS clusters anytime you want.

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10/05/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

When the cloud was just about virtual machines, tools like Chef or Puppet helped us easily prepare our VMs. The only thing that mattered was to provision instances that contained all of the code and data required. But now that Amazon Web Services has ballooned to more than 90 services, interacting with the AWS API becomes the major part of the work.

How should we manage AWS infrastructure, and what interfaces should we use? Most beginners start with AWS Console, the default GUI, while seasoned sysadmins generally prefer a command-line interface (CLI). Problem is, the AWS CLI is not user friendly. Because it integrates the entire AWS API, it exposes an enormous surface area in terms of commands, flags, and options.

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10/05/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Microsoft’s Azure Functions serverless computing platform now has beta support for Java programming, a feature developers have demanded since Azure Functions’ 2016 debut.

The beta inclusion of Java joins Azure Functions’ existing support of JavaScript, C#, F#, Python, PHP, Bash, Batch, and PowerShell.

The Java runtime will share features of Azure Functions such as triggering options, data bindings, and a serverless model with autoscaling. The new support for Java is a follow-up to Microsoft’s recently announced capability for running the open source Azure Functions runtime on .Net Core, the company’s cross-platform implementation of its .Net development platform.

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10/03/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

With its open source Fn project, Oracle is looking to make a splash in serverless computing.

Fn is a container native serverless platform that can be run on-premises or in the cloud. It requires the use of Docker containers. Fn developers will be able to write functions in Java initially, with Go, Ruby, Python, PHP, and Node.js support planned for later. Applications can be built and run without users having to provision, scale, or manage servers, by using the cloud.

Fn, as its name implies, relies heavily on functions, which are small blocks of code that generally do one simple thing. In a function, developers focus just on just the task they want the function to perform.

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10/03/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Last week, the hybrid cloud landscape changed significantly. At the Microsoft Ignite conference, Microsoft and several hardware partners announced availability of the long-awaited Azure Stack. Think of it as a configurable rack of hardware that has a version of the Azure public cloud on it.

Azure Stack is the private cloud that is on par with the public cloud

First, let’s understand the value of Azure Stack. If you’re a Microsoft shop, chances are you’ve moved to the Azure public cloud and you’re at some stage in migration. So, if you need a private cloud—for reasons of security, compliance, or the fact that you’re just not cool with putting all your data in a public cloud—this technology is likely for you.

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10/03/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

At the heart of Microsoft’s Azure adoption strategy is the idea of the hybrid cloud, bridging on-premises datacenters and cloud computing. You don’t need to get rid of your old servers; instead, you connect them to the public cloud to take advantage of its scale and services, treating it as an extension of your existing datacenter.

There are two main ways of connecting to private virtual networks on Azure: you can use a VPN over the public internet, or you can set up a direct connection into Azure data centers with Microsoft’s ExpressRoute. For most use cases, the VPN option is the most economical because it uses your existing systems and so doesn’t require significant extra hardware or new leased lines.

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10/02/2017   Virtualization
Amazon has introduced an updated Echo smart home device along with three new models, the Echo Plus, the Echo Spot and the Echo Look hands-free camera, all controlled by the Alexa digital assistant.
10/02/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

There are some problems a digital transformation can't fix.

09/27/2017   Virtualization
Former Citrix CloudPlatform technology gets updated to provide a hybrid cloud with Kubernetes, that can use public cloud capacity.
09/26/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

For operations teams, managing a serverless environment requires a fundamentally new approach.